Gresham Vista Business Park – Eco-Industrial Pilot Results Now Online!

Project Manager: Tracy Casavant, tracy@lhsbc.com

Light House was honoured to support the Port of Portland and City of Gresham (Oregon) in their important efforts to document and disseminate lessons learned from the #EcoIndustrial development pilot at the Gresham Vista Business Park. The Port of Portland is one of the largest industrial landowners in the Portland metropolitan region and state of Oregon.

As master developer of the 221-acre Gresham Vista Business Park, the Port, with support from the City of Gresham, piloted eco-industrial development strategies in the areas of:
1. Green Stormwater Infrastructure
2.  Connectivity
3.  Green Buildings
4. Marketing & Sales
5. Sustainable Business Operations

The results and lessons learned are summarized in a report and presentation.

Some key takeaways:

The industrial development sector lags the residential and commercial sectors in advancing sustainable buildings. Some of this is due to the challenges in advancing sustainability in the common build-to-suit arrangements, but also there are still capacity gaps in the sector, whether it be developers, designers, or regulators.

As stormwater run-off targets become more stringent, low impact development (#LID) practices cost the same or less than conventional stormwater management designs.

Due to market capacity gaps, not all potential buyers will respond to overtly eco-industrial messaging. But, eco-industrial messaging can help to draw out more progressive players in target sectors. So, for the time being, a two-pronged marketing campaign might be needed.

Incentives in the $10,000 to $20,000 range do not influence decision making, but do help catalyse a conversation about sustainable design.

Industrial symbiosis is best achieved with existing vesus new businesses and is most successful when pursued at a scale greater than that of most North American industrial park.